Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Break, Olympic Torch, New Year's Family activities & events in Kitchener Waterloo

Hope you're done all of your shopping so you can enjoy the Break!

2010 Olympic Torch Relay Celebration

The Olympic Torch Relay is coming
to New Hamburg and New Dundee
On Sunday, December 27, 2009 ≈ Day 59, the Olympic Torch will be travelling
through Wilmot Township!
The Torch will be arriving in New Hamburg at approximately 2:40 PM and will make
a short stop at the New Hamburg Library for the Mayor’s Welcome. It will then
move on to New Dundee making its way through town between 3:15 PM and 3:30
The route of the Olympic Torch is included on the next page.
Wear your favourite team or sports jersey to welcome the Olympic Torch – get your
team together - do the “wave” or perform your special team cheer. Be creative and
show your spirit.
In celebration of its arrival, the Township of Wilmot will be sponsoring a
FREE Public Skate
Wilmot Recreation Complex
1291 Nafziger Rd.
From 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Sunday, December 27th
Come out and join us!
Watch the Torch Relay journey through our community ~ then enjoy a free Public
Skate with free chips and a drink for all skaters!

Waterloo Square arrival
Schedule for Sunday, Dec. 27
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – There will be ice skating (weather permitting), children’s activities and exciting handouts courtesy of RBC. Warm up with free hot chocolate thanks to the UpTown Waterloo Business Improvement Area.
5:30 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. – Enjoy live music by Shaun Sutter (
6:15 p.m. – Mayor Brenda Halloran and Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid will address the crowd with welcoming remarks.
6:20 p.m. – The Olympic Torch will arrive in the Waterloo Public Square! Join us in marking this historic occasion by singing “O Canada” along with the Artistic Director of Opera Kitchener, tenor Emilio Fina.
6:25 p.m. – The Torch continues on its journey to Kitchener, where the celebration will continue

Kitchener Arrival
Sun 27 Dec 1p Olympic Games: make an Olympic torch and medal The Children's Museum

Sun 27 Dec 4-8p Olympic Torch Relay Celebration music, dance, skating & displays Kitchener City Hall

Mon 28 Dec 6a Aboriginal Sunrise Celebration marking the departure of Olympic Torch Relay Team Kitchener City Hall
New Year's Eve
All Ages New Year’s Eve Party
Thu 31 Dec 9p-12a | Waterloo Public Square *Note they aren't having one in Kitchener this year because of the TORCH celebration.

New Years Eve activities thoughout Waterloo recreation facilities are supported by The City of Waterloo and generous contributions from sponsors including Coca-Cola, Tim Hortons, and other community partners.
Free Admission to all events, All Welcome.
(Limited Capacity)

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
101 Father David Bauer Drive,
7-8:30pm: Coca-Cola Public Swim at the Swimplex
7-9pm: Family Skate at the Sunlife Arena

Manulife Financial Sportsplex & Healthy Living Centre, RIM Park
2001 University Avenue East,
7-9pm: Public Skate @ Pillers Rink
7-9pm: Public Skate @ Optimist Rink
7-9pm: Adult Skate @ Lions Rink

Albert McCormick Community Centre
500 Parkside Drive,
7-9pm: Public Skate

Cambridge Family New Year's Eve Party - December 31, 2009 (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
Christmas in Cambridge
Join family and friends to celebrate a new year! Family skating, costumed characters, video skating party, games and more. Free
Location: Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road, Cambridge
Telephone: (519) 740-4681 ext. 4277

New Year's Eve - December 31, 2009 to January 1, 2010 (8:00 pm to 12:30 pm)
Chicopee Tube Park
Slide into 2010 at Chicopee Tube Park! Enjoy the evening with family and friends in the great outdoors! Exclusive Chalet Lounge Party in our spacious lounge with a full service bar and cafe. Enjoy a hot buffet from 9pm-11pm, and Tubing from 8pm until 12:30 pm! The Chalet will remain open until 1:30 am. Last Year's Event was so popular that we have placed an enrolment ceiling. Book now to ensure your space and avoid disappointment. $50 per person $150 Family of 4 Reservation and payment required in advance. Reserve now as space is limited. No Refunds. Recreational Tube Slide - lower lobby of the chalet. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and snacks from 9pm-11pm, and tubing from 8:00pm until 12:30 pm! The Chalet will remain open until 1:30am. $25 per person $75 Family of 4 Reservation and payment required in advance. Reserve now as space is limited. No Refunds.
Location: Chicopee Tube Park
Telephone: (519) 895-2322


Mayor's Levee
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2010.
Time: 2pm to 4pm.
Location: Kitchener City Hall Rotunda. (Free parking in the City Hall garage)

Family Day at rare
This is a free event! Please note that donations to rare are always welcome!
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2010.
Time: 12pm to 2pm.
Location: rare admin. office, 1679 Blair Road, Cambridge. For more information call 519-650-9336 ext 125 or visit

Cape Farewell Exhibit: The Arctic Comes to rare
This is a free event. Please note that donations to rare are always welcome.
Dates: Monday, January 4, 2010 to Monday, February 1, 2010.
Location: rare Admin. Office, 1679 Blair Road, Cambridge. Call 519-650-9336 ext 125 or visit the website at

Winter Expo 2010
The City of Waterloo is ushering in the winter season with lots of fun weekend activities in the Waterloo Public Square. Featuring a variety of different sports. Each event will include free shows, demonstrations and lessons. The fun gets underway with hockey skills training and demonstrations.
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2010.
Time: 2pm to 5pm.
Location: Waterloo Public Square.

Mayor's New Year's Leveer
Start Date: Sunday, January 10, 2010
End Date: Sunday, January 10, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Description: Mayor Brenda Halloran and Council invite you to the 2010 New Year’s Levee Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
RIM Park, 2001 University Ave., Waterloo.
Enjoy free food, while quantities last, skating, children’s activities, live musical entertainment, Happy Space Clowns and performances by the K-W Skating Club.
A free Grand River Transit shuttle will run from Conestoga Mall to RIM

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tim Horton's Free Skating Schedule for Kitchener-Waterloo arenas

Activa Sportsplex
December 19 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
December 20 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
December 27 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
January 02 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
January 03 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Albert McCormick Community Centre - East
December 30 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Albert McCormick Community Centre - West
December 23 9:30 am - 11:30 am
December 31 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Don McLaren Arena
December 21 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
December 28 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand River Arena
December 20 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 27 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
January 03 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
K.M.A. Complex (Kinsmen)
December 23 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lions Arena
December 19 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
December 20 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 27 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
January 02 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
January 03 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Moses Springer Community Centre
December 27 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
December 29 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
January 02 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RIM Park - Lions Rink
December 21 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
December 22 10:00 am - 11:00 am
December 31 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RIM Park - Optimist's Rink
December 31 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RIM Park - Piller's Ice Haus Rink
December 31 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
December 24 9:00 am - 10:30 am
December 28 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
December 31 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's a Squeeballs Party!

Squeeballs Party Screenshot
Hey there Holiday readers, hope you are well this holiday season!

Things are very exciting around my place! We're busy playing Squeeballs for Nintendo Wii & DS

This game is rated E10, which is perfect for my son!

It's a game about being a toy tester. As a player you must run these toys balls through a variety of challenges to see if they hold up under the Extreme playing situations.
The Squeeballs that pass the tests make it off their island & can go to the toy store.
It's truly a fun & silly game, which makes it perfect for family play.
There are several ways to play it. On our Wii we chose PARTY MODE so we could take turns playing the challenges on the Ladder. As you get better, more challenges are unlocked & added to the Ladder.
I don't know about the DS version yet, as my son won't let me get my hands on it (so I'm guessing that's a good thing).

Want to see why we're giggling all day with this game? Take a look at this short video
Also on the site you can see other info about the game by clicking the buttons on the blender (yup you get to blend a Squeeball - too funny!)

I'm giving away a copy of Squeeballs for Wii & a separate copy of Squeeballs for DS over at my other blog
the post is the same but at the bottom of that post is how to enter.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas & Holiday events & activities in Kitchener Waterloo

1st off, just letting everyone know that we're working on our next MeFest for Saturday April 10th, if you're looking to be a vendor please email us at as the price goes up after Dec 12

WE'D LOVE IT IF YOU'D MARK MEFEST AS SOON AS YOU OPEN YOUR 2010 CALENDARS! Let us know you did, we'd love to hear!

New event

Dec 5 from Noon-3pm Santa will be at the Williamsburg Home Hardware (corner of Fischer-Hallman & Max Becker)

Start Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009
End Date: Sunday, January 03, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM
16th Annual Wonders of Winter Festival of Light
Opening Ceremonies - Saturday, Nov. 28th at 6:00 p.m. beside the Park Inn
In Waterloo Park. Admission is Free, donations gratefully accepted
Lights on daily from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve lights will be on until 12:30 am and New Years Eve until 1:00 am
Victoria Park Tree Christmas lights are up as well

Dec 3-6
Bethany Live Pagent
Dec 4-6
Olympic Torch events beginning Dec 12